Why Can’t I Lose Weight? (6 Reasons)
1. You Have A Low Resting Metabolic Rate
Those of you who have lower metabolisms simply have bodies that are highly efficient at using energy. There isn’t a lot of energy that’s wasted in your daily lives. I definitely fit into this category. I have to earn every single pound of weight loss. On the other hand, I have to friends that can never keep weight on. Their metabolisms are completely out of control. They are constantly trying to GAIN weight. Generally speaking this means that their metabolisms aren’t as efficient as those of us who have a hard time keeping weight off.
Hunger can be caused by a lot of different factors. You may be genetically predisposed to feeling hungry 24-7, I know that I am. It took years of research and self-testing before I figured out how to control my hunger and diet. You may also be contributing to your hunger problem – I was. I was eating loads of foods that stimulated my appetite and that made it impossible for me to control my weight. I eventually came out of top, but not until I had spent years trying. I can tell you this, I don’t believe that I got better with my personal discipline, I believe that I started to understand what foods were stimulating my appetite. If you want to learn more about my personal journey, you can read about it here: My Story of Getting Fat, Yo-Yoing, Exhaustion, Mistakes, and Eventual Victory Over Fat.
If you are always feeling hungry, it can be extremely difficult to lose weight.
3. You Don’t Want To Exercise
Developing a regular exercise regimen is difficult. When you start out, your body will fight you. You may feel incredibly fatigued and that can make it incredibly difficult if you’re trying to get to the gym.
I would recommend starting slow and making sure that you do something every single day. You may be simply walking around the block – do something. There have been a few times where I was so out of shape I could barely do anything without becoming completely exhausted. I couldn’t get myself to go to the gym, but I was able to get myself to go for little walks. Once I had established the habit of doing something, it was a lot easier to get to the gym.
4. You’re Eating Too Much Sugar And Flour
Sugar and flour make it a lot more difficult to lose weight. Eating them sets your body up hormonally for weight gain, not weight loss. Even whole grains, if eaten in excess, will completely curb your ability to lose weight.
5. You’re Eating Processed Foods
Processed foods wreak havoc on the hormones that control your weight. Switching to whole foods will make a huge difference. You want to stick to the outer edges of the grocery store where you will find fresh fruits and vegetables and lean (and not so lean) cuts of meat.
6. You Are Female
Women obviously have a different genetic blueprint than men and for women, it’s generally harder to lose weight than it is for men. Most of this effect has to do with the hormones that regulate our weight: insulin, testosterone, estrogen, cortisol, etc.
On top of the hormone factor, men’s bodies react more quickly to exercise. If a man and a women both run for 30 minutes, the man will burn significantly more calories.
Don’t despair if this is the case for you. It definitely doesn’t mean that you can’t lose weight, it simply means that it may be more difficult for you than it is for the average male. Women who try to lose weight with their husbands often complain because they tend to lose significantly less weight than their spouses.
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